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Venus Williams Reaches Settlement In Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Fatal Car Crash

Venus Williams has reached a settlement within the wrongful loss of life lawsuit filed in opposition to her final 12 months.

The tennis celebrity got here to a financial settlement with the property of Jerome Barson, the person who died in a automotive accident involving Williams, in June 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

According to courtroom paperwork obtained by ET, which had been filed in Palm Beach County on Thursday, the civil case between the 2 events was dismissed with prejudice, and every celebration is chargeable for their very own lawyer’s charges and courtroom prices.

While the paperwork indicated settlement had been reached, the phrases of the settlement, together with any financial sum, weren’t disclosed.

Williams was concerned in a collision on June 9, 2017, that despatched the 78-year-old Barson to the hospital, the place he died 14 days later. His spouse, Linda Barson, claimed to have suffered damaged bones and different accidents.

It was decided in December that Williams wouldn’t face any felony fees stemming from the deadly collision.

Williams denied that she was chargeable for the crash in a courtroom doc filed in July 2017, alleging that the accidents sustained by the Barsons had been a results of their “negligence and/or assumed risk” which contributed to the severity of their accidents and that their automobile was not maintained to authorized requirements.

The doc additionally claims that the deadly accidents suffered within the crash had been “caused by the unreasonable failure of [Barson] to use an available and operational seatbelt at the time of the accident.”

Williams broke her silence on the crash days after Barson’s loss of life, writing in a press release on Facebook, “I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

Watch the video under for extra on the tragic incident.

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